The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani admits students that have demonstrated academic excellence in high school and possess at least a baseline level of English ability.
Minimum AUIS admissions criteria are transparent; no student that does not meet public criteria are admitted to the University. Criteria is outlined in the annual Admissions Guide. Each spring academic term, AUIS will publish the full results of the admissions cycle.
AUIS bases its admissions results on three criteria:
1. Complete submission of all application materials and test scores before publicly announced deadlines
2. Enforcement of Iraq or KRG Baccalaureate score standards set by Admissions Office and Ministry of Higher Education, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
- Including scores equalized from foreign educations systems into the Iraqi system via the Ministry of Education General Directorate of Exams in Erbil.
- Baccalaureate score baseline standard is determined in advance by the AUIS Admissions Office and approved by AUIS President as part of overall enrollment plan; exact Baccalaureate cut-offs may vary by admissions round, depending on competitiveness of application pool.
- Baseline standards for individual academic programs are set by the Ministry of Higher Education, KRG, Iraq and enforced by AUIS.
3. AUIS Placement Test by the APP
The Academic Preparatory Program (APP) prepares non-native English speaking high school graduates to enter the AUIS undergraduate program by testing them along with Admissions Office in order to identify their English language proficiency.
All applicants except (except returnees from abroad with permitted high school education in English- students from the Classical School of the Medes, British International School, and The International School of Choueifat) to the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani must take an English placement test upon admission. Scores on these exams, based on the English requirements, determine placement. About 90 percent of students will require English training before joining the academic program and they receive this training from the Academic Preparatory Program. The program strengthens students' English language skills and provides them with the student success training and intellectual tools needed not only to do well but to thrive in the academic program.